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The best is the one that celebrates this important milestone and helps the recent grad in your life to embark on their new chapter. Whether they are headed off to college, taking a gap year or starting a new career, this gift will show them that you support their decision and are excited
for them to start this new phase of their life.
It's easy to give them cold, hard cash -- which high school grads always appreciate -- but they'll probably be even more grateful for a graduation gift that's meaningful, useful and won't immediately get spent on pizza and takeout. We've rounded up an assortment of practical and unique grad gifts that are considerably more thoughtful than a wad of bills. From dorm-room essentials to sweet keepsakes, these graduation gift ideas will get them ready for their next adventure.
If you've ever slept on a dorm mattress, you know just how horribly uncomfortable they can be. So if your favorite grad will be moving into a dorm room in the fall, they'll be grateful for an upgrade. This mattress topper is exactly what they'll need to add extra cushioning and transform their sleeping experience. Bonus: A topper also makes it a whole lot easier to clean up spills after late-night snacking in bed.
Be sure to buy a Twin XL since that's the standard size mattress for most dorm rooms and residence halls.
Nothing can replace Mom or Dad's home cooking, but a cash-strapped grad would love having more food options beyond the dining hall. DoorDash is a popular choice for food delivery, and it's our , thanks to its numerous restaurant options and easy app interface. You can purchase gift cards for any amount between $25 and $500, customize it with a graduation
theme, and send it to your grad via mail, text or email.
If your new grad is moving after graduation, chances are they'll end up living in a smaller space, and that means there will be less room for their precious piles of books
. The Kindle Paperwhite is a great choice for bookworms who are attached to their physical book collections and want a similar experience. It features warm light settings, a long battery life and is completely waterproof. While the retail price is $140, this model is often discounted, sometimes as low as $80.
$275 at Away
$25 at Zappos
If the new grad in your life will be moving to a different state, a Homesick Candle will give them a sweet reminder of home. These 13.75-ounce candles are created with a natural soy wax blend and fragrances tied to the geography of each state. So no matter where your grad ends up, they can light this up and let the nostalgia kick in.
The grad in your life no doubt has a favorite movie, TV series or sports team. Any grad would smile ear to ear to see a personal video from their favorite celeb or reality star congratulating them on their graduation day. Cameo lets you seek out the person you think would most delight your grad and pay for a quick video from them. Prices vary quite a bit, but the end result is always pure joy.
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